Laser Guide Stars

The Inner Workings of a Laser Guide Star

In this creative project, we will investigate the topic of laser guide stars. Laser guide stars are lasers which provide an adequately bright reference in the sky which adaptive optics systems, such as the Keck Observatory, can use to change its mirror shape in order to correct for atmospheric disturbances of light.

LGS in use at the MMT Obsersvatory

We will explore this relationship in the form of a love ballad or poem. The mirror must change itself in response to the laser in order to achieve its maximum potential and a clear perspective on its goals, much like a person can reach new heights through the power of love.

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